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    Illini Swimmers Prepare For U.S. Olympic Trials
    All-American Jessica Aveyard is one of six Illini swimmers competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

    All-American Jessica Aveyard is one of six Illini swimmers competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

    Aug. 7, 2000

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The United States Olympic Swim Team Trials begin on Wednesday (August 9) in Indianapolis, Ind. Six members of the 1999-2000 University of Illinois squad will be competing for spots on the roster in Sydney.

    Anna Christiansen is the only Illini who will compete in more than one event. She will swim in the 400 individual medley and the 200 breaststroke, both of which she swam at the NCAA Championships in March.

    The first Illini swimmer to earn All-America status by finishing sixth in the NCAA Championships, Jessica Aveyard, will participate in the 200 backstroke at the Trials. Teammate Kathy Kielty also will compete in that event.

    Darcy Adler, the UI record holder in the 100 breast, will compete in that event. Two seniors from the 1999-2000 season also will participate in the Trials. Natasha Messmer will compete in the 200 butterfly. She owns the UI record of 2:02.00 in that event. Emily Wang will participate in the 100 freestyle.

    Olympic Swimming Trials Schedule

    Anna Christiansen400 IMAugust 9/Heats 9 a.m.
      Finals 6:15 p.m.
    Darcy Adler100 BreastAugust 10/Heats 9 a.m.
      Semi's 7 p.m.
      August 11/Finals 7:35 p.m.
    Natasha Messmer200 FlyAugust 12/Heats 9 a.m.
      Semi's 7:15 p.m.
      August 13/Finals 8:50 p.m.
    Emily Wang100 FreeAugust 13/Heats 9 a.m.
      Semi's 6:30 p.m.
      August 14/Finals 7:30 p.m.
    Anna Christiansen200 BreastAugust 13/ Heats 9 a.m.
      Semi's 7:15 p.m.
      August 14/Finals 6:30 p.m.
    Jessica Aveyard200 BackAugust 14/Heats 9 a.m.
    Kathy Kielty Semi's 6:45 p.m.
      August 15/Finals 6:15 p.m.

    (all times are central)

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